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FOOTBALL - Leamington held by Warwickshire rivals over festive period

Aaron Sutcliffe 2nd Jan, 2024 Updated: 3rd Jan, 2024   0

CALLY Stewart scored three goals over the festive period, including a 96th minute equaliser, as Leamington drew with Warwickshire rivals Nuneaton Borough and Stratford Town respectively.

Stewart put the Brakes ahead against Nuneaton on New Year’s Day only for Kacy Butterfield to equalise three minutes later in a 1-1 draw at the Your Co-Op Community Stadium.

That came after Stewart struck twice away at Stratford in a dramatic 2-2 draw on Boxing Day at the Arden Garages Stadium.

Stewart levelled the game six minutes into injury time having also netted in the final minute of regulation time after Devonn O’Sullivan’s 94th minute goal looked to have won the game for the Bards.

The results mean Leamington sit fourth in the Southern League Premier Central table, two points behind leaders Mickleover who have three games in-hand.

Against Nuneaton, Leamington took the lead on 75 minutes when Stewart rolled his marker before lashing an effort across goal into the far corner.

However, the visitors equalised three minutes later as substitute Butterfield powered a low drive into the bottom corner to earn Nuneaton a share of the spoils.

That came after the Brakes left it late to snatch a point away at Warwickshire rivals Stratford on Boxing Day.

Stratford took the lead on 37 minutes when Ebanks sent a bullet header past Brakes goalkeeper Callum Hawkins from Dan Lafferty’s cross.

However, with the Brakes heading for defeat, Stewart stabbed home from close range in the 90th minute after the Bards failed to deal with substitute Dom Brown-Hill’s high ball into the penalty area.

There was still time for Stratford to reclaim the lead four minutes later as Bards substitute O’Sullivan rifled a shot into the bottom corner to spark wild celebrations.

However, in a remarkable late twist, Stewart scored his second goal of the game on 96 minutes from Josh Quaynor’s pass to draw the Brakes level with virtually the last kick of the game.

Leamington are next in action away at Berkhamstead on Saturday, January 6 with kick-off at 3pm at Broadwater.

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